Foreign Minister Fischer leaves for Portugal, US

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6 June 2005, BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer left Berlin on Monday, heading for working talks in Portugal and then the United States.

6 June 2005

BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer left Berlin on Monday, heading for working talks in Portugal and then the United States.

Fischer is due to meet Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio, Premier Jose Socrates and Foreign Minister Diogo Freitas do Amaral for talks that Berlin said would focus on the controversy over the European Union's finances and to prepare for the 16-17 June EU summit.

In Washington, the Berlin politician is scheduled for talks with US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and with Stephen Hadley, national security advisor to President George W. Bush.

The talks will focus on trans-Atlantic issues, the situation in Iraq, Iran's nuclear programme and the situation in Europe after the French and Dutch referendums rejected the EU constitution.

Later this month, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Defence Minister Peter Struck are also to visit the United States.

DPA

Subject: German news

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